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apparatus and furniture to be purchased in the name and to remain the property of the Commonwealth.

Approved June 13, 1870.

Chap. 61. RESOLVE TO AID IN OBTAINING INFORMATION CONCERNING ROADS

Secretary of the

board of agri.

culture to procure informa

IN THIS COMMONWEALTH.

Resolved, That the secretary of the board of agriculture be and he is hereby required to obtain from the mayor and aldermen of cities, and the selectmen of towns, on or before repairs of high the first day of December next, for the use of the next legislature, answers to the following questions:

tion concerning

ways in the several towns.

Governor and

settlement of

First. What is the number of miles of public highway within the limits of your city or town?

Second. What has been the amount expended by your city or town for the repairs of highways? Average for the last five years and exclusive of amount paid for breaking out roads in winter?

Third. What is the number of surveyors of highways in your city or town?

Fourth. What the kind of material used in covering and repairing roads?

Fifth. What number and kind of bridges are supported wholly or in part by the city or town?

Sixth. Are the road taxes paid in money or labor?

Seventh. How much has the city or town paid during the past five years for damages or legal defence in consequence of alleged defects in the roads?

Approved June 13, 1870.

Chap. 62. RESOLVE CONCERNING THE TROY AND BOSTON RAILROAD COMPANY. Resolved, That the governor and council are hereby council to make authorized and directed to make a full and final settlement claims between of all claims and demands, of every name and nature, between the Commonwealth and the Troy and Boston Railroad Company, and if necessary to institute legal proceedings to secure such settlement, and the payment of any sum due the Commonwealth; and they are authorized to pay any sum equitably due said company.

state and Troy and Boston Railroad Company.

Chap. 63.

Superintendent to be reimbursed for expenses of

defence before

Approved June 13, 1870.

RESOLVE RELATING TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE STATE WORK-
HOUSE AT BRIDGEWATER.

Resolved, That the inspectors of the state workhouse at Bridgewater be, and they are hereby authorized to reimburse the superintendent of that institution the amount expended a committee of by him in his defence before a committee of this legislature; the legislature. the same to be paid out of any funds, appropriated for said institution, that may remain unexpended at the end of the current year. Approved June 15, 1870.

RESOLVE IN FAVOR OF WILLIAM F. JORDAN.

sion of fifteen

month.

Chap. 64. Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the Allowance of treasury to William F. Jordan the sum of two hundred dol- $200, and pen lars, to defray the necessary expenses incurred in conse- dollars per quence of the loss of an arm, which occurred while in the discharge of his duty as a member of the fourth battery of light artillery, and that from and after the first day of July of the present year there be allowed and paid to him the sum of fifteen dollars per month. Approved June 15, 1870.

RESOLVE IN FAVOR OF NATHANIEL RUGGLES.

vices rendered

Chap. 65. Resolved, That for reasons set forth in the petition of Allowance for Nathaniel Ruggles, there be allowed and paid to him the medical sersum of forty-five dollars and fifty cents, in full of all claims to Indians. upon the Commonwealth for medical services rendered to Indians. Approved June 15, 1870.

RESOLVE IN FAVOR OF WILLIAM ADAMS.

$235.55.

Chap. 66. Resolved, That there be allowed and paid from the treasury Allowance of to William Adams, the sum of two hundred and thirty-five dollars and fifty-five cents, in full compensation for use of his tools upon the work on the state house after the termination of his contract. Approved June 15, 1870.

RESOLVE IN FAVOR OF JOSEPHINE Rogers.

Chap. 67. Resolved, That there be allowed and paid from the Allowance of treasury of the Commonwealth to Josephine Rogers, the sum $4. of forty-four dollars.

Approved June 15, 1870.

RESOLVE FOR THE TEMPORARY RELIEF OF DISABLED SOLDIERS AND Chap. 68.

THE FAMILIES OF THE SLAIN.

disabled

Resolved, That the unexpended balance of the appropria- Balance of certion made in chapter sixty-two of the resolves of the year tions for tempotain appropria eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, amounting to three thou- rary relief of sand seven hundred and twenty-two dollars and forty-two soldiers, &c. cents, for the benefit of discharged soldiers, may be expended by the surgeon-general, under the direction of the governor and council, for the temporary relief of disabled soldiers and the families of the slain. Approved June 15, 1870.

RESOLVES TO ENABLE THE GUARDIAN OF CERTAIN HEIRS TO JOIN
IN A REFERENCE AND TO EXECUTE CONVEYANCES IN SETTLEMENT
OF THE ESTATE OF SETH THAXTER.

Whereas it has become necessary, to relieve the real estate devised by the last will of Seth Thaxter, late of Boston, in the county of Suffolk, deceased, from any lien existing thereon as security for any advancements, and to make distribution of the property of the testator, that the real estate devised by him and now undisposed of should be sold:

Chap. 69.

Heirs and other parties interested in real

by will of Seth Thaxter may join in execution of a deed of said estate.

Resolved, That James H. Page, of said Boston, guardian of William G. Ellis, Charles K. Ellis, Etta M. Ellis, Cora F. estate devised Ellis and Edward W. Ellis, minor children of Waterman J. Ellis, of Bridgewater, in the county of Plymouth, and of his late wife, Helen Maria Ellis, now deceased, is hereby authorized, with the consent of the judge of probate for the county of Plymouth, to join with the other parties interested in said property under said will, in such deed or deeds as upon the sale of such real estate, or any portion thereof, may be necessary to convey all interest of said minors therein, and that the written assent of said judge of probate to the execution of any deed by said guardian under this resolve shall be conclusive evidence in behalf of the purchaser of the authority of said guardian to execute said deed, and of his compliance with all of the terms of these resolves.

Resolved, That the proceeds of any such real estate shall be received by the surviving executors under said will, and that said guardian is hereby authorized in behalf of said minors to enter into any agreement of arbitration with the other parties interested in the property devised and bequeathed by said will, to settle and determine all questions relating to the provisions of said will in regard to advancements, and to the settlement and distribution of the estate devised and bequeathed under said will.

Approved June 15, 1870.

Chap. 70. RESOLVES TO PROVIDE CERTAIN TOWNS WITH THE LAW REPORTS

Towns of Nor-
folk, Hyde

Park, Everett,
Mashpee and

Gay Head to
be furnished
with general
and special
laws;

-and Egre

furnished with

standard

weights and

AND GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS AND STANDARD WEIGHTS AND

MEASURES.

Resolved, That the secretary of the Commonwealth be, and he is hereby authorized and directed to furnish to each. of the towns of Norfolk, Hyde Park, Everett, Mashpee and Gay Head a full set of the reports of the decisions of the supreme judicial court; one copy of the General Statutes; also copies of such general and special laws of the Commonwealth, and of all such books and documents in his office, as may heretofore have been furnished by the Commonwealth to towns. And the secretary is authorized to purchase such of the reports and statutes aforesaid as may be necessary to carry into effect this resolve.

Resolved, That the treasurer be, and he is hereby authormont also to be ized and directed, to furnish each of said towns and the town of Egremont with a complete set of standard weights, measures and balances, such as each town is by law required to keep for the use of its inhabitants: provided, that the clerks of said towns shall first make the certificate required by sec

measures.

tion two of chapter two hundred and sixty-five of the acts of the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine.

Approved June 15, 1870.

RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR THE CODIFICATION OF THE GENERAL RAIL-
ROAD LAWS, AND THE INDEXING OF THE CHARTERS AND SPECIAL
LAWS RELATING TO RAILROAD CORPORATIONS.

Chap. 71.

missioners to prepare codifirelating to rail

Resolved, That the board of railroad commissioners be, Railroad comand they hereby are, directed to prepare a codification of the general laws relating to railroads and railroad corporations; cation of laws to make analyses, indexes and tables of reference to the roads. charters of the railroad corporations of the Commonwealth, and to all special laws relating to said corporations; and to procure to be printed one thousand copies of the same, which may be distributed at the discretion of said commissioners. In the preparation of said document they may employ a competent assistant, who shall be paid for his services such a sum as the governor and council shall determine.

Approved June 16, 1870.

RESOLVE IN FAVOR OF THE SCHOOLS OF GAY HEAD.

Chap. 72. Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the moi- Allowance of ety of the income of the school fund applicable to educational $150, &c. purposes, to the treasurer of the town of Gay Head, the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to be applied to the support of schools in said town; and said treasurer shall make a return of the expenditure of said money, and the condition of the schools, to the board of education the present year.

Approved June 16, 1870.

RESOLVE CONCERNING THE REPORTS REQUIRED TO BE MADE TO THE

LEGISLATURE.

Chap. 73.

established con

Resolved, That a commission be and hereby is established, Commission consisting of the secretary of the Commonwealth, the treas- cerning reports urer and auditor of the Commonwealth, the secretaries of the to be made to the legislature. boards of agriculture, education, and state charities, the chief of the bureau of statistics of labor, the adjutant-general, and the insurance commissioner of the Commonwealth, who shall, without extra pay therefor, consider and report to the next legislature, what legislation if any is necessary in order to secure the making, completing, printing and distribution of all reports from departments, institutions, bureaus, or individuals, to the legislature, on or before the end of the first month of the session thereof. Approved June 18, 1870.

Chap. 74.

Assistants may

RESOLVE CONCERNING THE BUREAU OF STATISTICS OF LABOR. Resolved, That the chief of the bureau of statistics of labor be and hereby is authorized to employ such assistants and incur such expense, not exceeding the sum of five thousand of statistics of

be

appointed by

chief of bureau

labor.

dollars, as may be necessary in the discharge of his official duties; said assistants to be paid in full for their services such compensation as the chief may deem just and equitable: provided, that no assistant be paid more than four dollars per day, in addition to his necessary travelling expenses. Approved June 18, 1870.

Chap. 75. RESOLVES IN RELATION TO

Allowance of

ment of debts of

college.

THE MASSACHUSETTS AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE.

Resolved, That the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars $25,000 for be allowed and paid out of the treasury to the Massachusetts Agricultural College, to be expended by the trustees for the payment of all existing debts of the college, and all current expenses of the year not otherwise provided for, and the residue for necessary improvements on the buildings and grounds.

Chap. 76.

Allowance for state aid.

Chap. 77.

Secretary to purchase and distribute one

of Schouler's

history.

Resolved, That the secretary of the board of education and the secretary of the board of agriculture be directed to devise a plan, if practicable, by which the college may, without expense to the Commonwealth, be recognized as an independent institution in analogy with other colleges in the Commonwealth, and that they inquire whether the term of study in said college should not be reduced; and report to the next general court. Approved June 18, 1870.

RESOLVE IN FAVOR OF JULIA A. ROGERS. Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the treasury to Julia A. Rogers, the sum of forty-four dollars as state aid, in consequence of her husband's service in company F, of the forty-eighth regiment Massachusetts volunteers.

Approved June 18, 1870.

RESOLVE TO AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE AND DISTRIBUTION OF ONE
THOUSAND COPIES OF THE SECOND VOLUME OF SCHOULER'S HISTORY
OF MASSACHUSETTS IN THE REBELLION.

Resolved, That the secretary of the Commonwealth be, and is hereby authorized and directed to purchase one thousand thousand copies copies of the second volume of a History of Massachusetts in the Rebellion, by William Schouler, late adjutant-general, at an expense not exceeding five dollars per volume, and cause the same to be distributed, or delivered on call, as follows, namely: to the state library, six copies; to each of the cities and towns of the Commonwealth, each incorporated library association, and the several colleges and societies designated in the second section of chapter three of the General Statutes, except law library societies, one copy; to each officer, member, and clerk of the executive, legislative, educational

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